Bears give Marshall (hip) a rest

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. -- Wearing a gray warm-up suit and a jersey, Chicago Bears receiver Brandon Marshall watched while the rest of his teammates took part Monday in a fully padded workout at Olivet Nazarene University.

Marshall didn't suffer a setback in recovery from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery. Although Marshall is feeling slight soreness in the hip, the staff made the decision to give the receiver a day off to rest.

"Brandon had three very good days of practice," Bears coach Marc Trestman said. "He had a very good day yesterday and we decided we're going to give him a two-day rest here. He should be back and ready to go on Wednesday (after a team day off on Tuesday)."

The soreness Marshall is experiencing, meanwhile, shouldn't be a lingering issue that affects his availability once the regular season kicks off Sept. 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals. Marshall will have to continue to work through the soreness, but the staff will continually monitor the receiver and adjust his repetitions accordingly.

Trestman indicated on the first day of training camp that because of limited practice time available under terms of the new collective bargaining agreement, the team wouldn’t be extending many days off from workouts, which former coach Lovie Smith often did. But in this case, the Bears are making the right decision with Marshall.

Marshall has more than a month to work out any residual soreness he's feeling from the surgery, but it's important to do that at a slow pace to reduce the risk of reinjury.

"We're gonna be smart," Marshall said on the first day of camp. "I’m going on my eighth year, (have had a few hip surgeries), nothing major. But at the same time we start playing games in September. So that's what I'm preparing for. It's important to get out there with teammates, build that chemistry, learn the offense, get reps. But at the same time, if I'm not healthy, all of that doesn't matter. So I'm going to listen to my body and go as it tells me."